Ouch. This is a popular topic these days, and I have to say that the idea of yoga as competition makes me cringe. It seems counterintuitive to so much of what yoga stands for – that it’s about what happens when you’re striving towards a goal, not what happens when you reach it. As I say in my classes: we fit the pose to our body, not our body to the pose. We need to do what’s right for us in the present moment, not what we think we’re supposed to be doing. We don’t need to look like the cover of an issue of Yoga Journal to have a life-changing practice. Right?
Apparently not. Apparently yoga, for some people, can be just like gymnastics: a set of criteria and a scoring system, and BOOM…suddenly you have a “score” for your yoga “performance”.
Sigh. What do you think?
PS: Watch that video of the New York Regional Yoga Championship. In the name of all that is holy – WHAT are those people doing to their bodies??